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Francis Place

Francis Place (3rd November, 1771 - 1st January, 1854) was an early supporter of contraceptives, and a radical of the early nineteenth century who befriended and supported many important figures, including Joseph Hume, Sir Francis Burdett , and Jeremy Bentham. He published his influential and shocking book, The Principles of Population , in 1822.

Place was also a Moral Force Chartist, but when Feargus O'Connor replaced William Lovett as the unofficial leader of the movement, Place ceased to be involved in Chartist activities.

After 1840 he attempted to organize a campaign against the Corn Laws.

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